Star-Lite Drive-In

4888 N. Fresno Street,
Fresno, CA 93726

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Star-Lite Drive-In

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Growing up in 1950’s and 1960’s Fresno, the Star-Lite Drive-In was my neighborhood drive-in, a scant mile from my house. It was notable for being the only drive-in in town, at the time, with two screens (north and south). The two screens usually showed different programs.

Located near the corners of N. Fresno Street and E. Shaw Avenue, with the main entrance on Fresno Street, the Star-Lite Drive-In was Fresno’s premier drive-in during the 1950’s. It was demolished in the 1970’s, and today, it is the site of the Fashion Fair Mall, one of Fresno’s most popular shopping centers.

As a precocious teen, I once stowed a friend in my car’s trunk on a night when he, nor I, had admission money for the both of us. Safely inside the drive-in, I realized that I didn’t have the trunk key. Hilarity and irate parents ensued.

Contributed by Christopher Stone

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William
William on May 3, 2006 at 6:47 am

The Starlite Drive-In was also known as the Starlite North & South Drive-In. It was located at 4888 North Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93726. The car capacity was 586 cars.

William
William on May 3, 2006 at 6:48 am

It was operated by Pacific Theatres.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 27, 2008 at 12:36 pm

This was a Robert Lippert theater in the early 1960s. At that time it was called the Starlite Motor-In.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 16, 2009 at 10:25 pm

Here is a June 1973 ad from the Fresno Bee:
http://tinyurl.com/m22eu4

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 10, 2014 at 10:38 pm

The Star-Lite Drive-In was closed in 1978 and demolished to make way for a shopping center. Prior to the closing, Boxoffice of January 2, 1978 published this article (upper right) about Pacific’s plans to build the four-screen Woodward Park Drive-In to replace the Star-Lite.

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